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How Do the Costs of Vaping Compare to the Costs of Smoking?


4 June 2021

Words by webvitality

Many people are turning from smoking to vaping, and it is easy to see why, with more legislation coming in to ban smoking in most outdoor places, combined with the rise in prices of cigarettes, people have turned from cigarettes to e-cigarettes in their droves. But how do the prices match up with each other? When you switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, you can save a lot of money, but let’s show you how much money you could really save. Spoiler: you will be surprised!

How Much Does Smoking Cost?

While every brand of cigarette costs vary in the UK, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes bought by one of the big four supermarkets in the UK is currently £12.73. If you go through a pack of cigarettes every day, that is 12.73 x 365, which comes to a massive £4,646.45 a year! And this is just on the cigarettes alone. 

However, smoking is not just about cigarettes, there are extra costs that come along with it, such as the lighter, and the smell it leaves on your clothes. As cigarette smoke smells strongly on your clothes, you may need to do more laundry, which will add to your laundry expenses, as well as more electricity and water costs. And if you smoked in your car, you may be getting more air fresheners. 

In addition, if you think about the time off work for health problems that may arise from smoking, you can see that the costs would easily be in excess of £5,000 a year! £5,000 could be a 5% deposit on a home or it could be a massive deposit towards a new car. 

How Much Does Vaping Cost?

The cost of vaping is not just about the e-cigarette itself, but it comprises many components:

The E-Cigarette

When you are looking for the cost of an e-cigarette, you can purchase a set for approx £25. Usually, you can get a good quality kit for this price, and it comes with two e-cigarettes. However, you can find cheaper alternatives.


Vaping means you need to purchase a tank to store the e-liquid. Tanks cost around £20 each, but this is only if you are purchasing an MTL kit. If you are buying a sub-ohm kit, you will not need to purchase a tank.


E-liquids come in a variety of different flavours, and it all depends on the volume that you purchase as well as how much you use on a regular basis. For example, a 10ml bottle will usually last the average user about 2 weeks, but heavy smokers would likely use one pack a week. Currently, you can buy one pound liquids containing 16 x 10ml out there between £7.99 and £19.84. So this means that if you went for the more expensive option, you would be purchasing 4 packs per year to cover the 52 weeks, totalling £79.36. 


It is important to replace your e-cig coil because, without new coils, this will make the taste of the vapour worse until it burns out. If you replace your coil every two weeks, that means 26 coils per year, and a typical pack of five costs around £10.99, totalling £65.94 for the year.


E-cigarettes need to come from batteries, but some are USB rechargeable. While batteries don’t need replacing that often if you were to purchase one, a decent spare battery costs approximately £10. 

The Total Cost

Altogether you’ve got:

The e-cigarette = £25

The tank = £20

52 weeks of e-liquids = £79.36

The coil = £65.94

The battery = £10

Which comes to a grand total of £200.30

And if we do the sums in comparison to a pack of cigarettes per day, which was £4,646.45, you would be saving a total of £4,446.15 per year by switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes! Although bearing in mind this is without the added expenses that come with smoking, and we have included the additions with the e-cigs. 

As you can see, one of the biggest reasons to give up smoking is the cost. With so many people making the switch from smoking to e-cigarettes, it is one of the biggest changes you could ever make in your life. And you could even get e-juices on sale in clearance, meaning you could save even more money! Needless to say, if you would ever consider the differences in cost between smoking and vaping, vaping wins hands down every time!

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